A right royal day at the Gala

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He was the king of his castle for the day...

Hambleton Gala organisers turned the traditional retinue selection of village events on its head as it introduced a Gala King, instead of Gala Queen, this year.

Hambleton Gala King 2015 Samuel Hewitt with his retinue, Izzy Appleby, Haydn Spencer and Evelyn Appleby

Hambleton Gala King 2015 Samuel Hewitt with his retinue, Izzy Appleby, Haydn Spencer and Evelyn Appleby

Organiser Lisa Hannigan, whose 15-year-old daughter Cassadie was the retiring Queen, invited nine-year-old Samuel Hewitt to be the 2015-16 King.

She said: “We very nearly didn’t have a gala so I saidto Sam for a joke did he want to be king and he jumped at the chance.

“The standalone king idea is done more down South but not as much up here.

“It went down well and the response from visiting queens and they thought it was fantastic.

“We kept the event very child oriented so they were all up dancing, the day was all about having fun.”

Singers from Fleetwood, the Poco Loco samba band and young performers from Danceworks provided entertainment. Rides, a bouncy castle and stalls filled the Bob Williamson Park, Hambleton, for the event on Saturday.

And the park’s namesake, Honorary Alderman Bob Williamson, was also on hand enjoying the day along with hundreds of others in the bright sunshine.

To join the Hambleton Gala committee, contact Ms Hannigan on 07522842024 or: committee@hambletongala.co.uk

For a full spread of photos, see The Gazette on Monday.